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Cynthia Veldman

Member since: 2011
Speaks English

SALE: 9/4-9/10; 6 nights only $1098 for 1-2p; add $20/person for 3-4p

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Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday condo in Bethany - Bliss, Cruz Views #1

2BR/1BA Townhome near Town/NP Beaches; Sea & Sunset Views; A/C; Private Terrace

Bliss is the totally renovated 2BR/1BA, 2-story penthouse unit at Cruz Views (#1). Only unit available direct through owner! If you look at the picture of the peach-colored building, that whole building is Bliss (like a stand-alone, private villa of your own at condo prices--the best of both worlds!!)

Plus the location can NOT be beat! Close to everything--walkable down to town, 5 minutes from National Park Beaches--yet up in the hills high enough to be a peaceful retreat.

Not only completely remodeled, Bliss also has all updated furnishings including new beds as well as all new bedding, linens, kitchen supplies, appliances, entertainment systems, and Central Air-Conditioning to keep you comfortable all year long!

Basically a stand-alone unit at the top of the hill (see pictures), Bliss offers proximity to Cruz Bay with its great restaurants, charming shops, and grocery stores but, most importantly to guests, it's within minutes of the amazing National Park Beaches on St. John's North Shore (about 5 minutes to Hawksnest Beach, see map).

Yet it's location is high enough above town to avoid the noise from the ferries, restaurants and entertainment, offering you a quiet retreat where you can watch the Caribbean world go by from your own private deck with mesmerizing views, including captivating sunsets.

Bliss's upstairs bedroom provides you with the option of either 2 twin beds or can be made up with a special 'creative kingmaker' to give you a seamless, immobile, extremely comfortable king bed.

The amazing Caribbean views--including Pillsbury Sound with a myriad of cays and small islands nestled within it, St. Thomas with it's nightly 'twinkly light' display, and daytime views of sailboats skimming along the surface, even regattas--are also yours within the unit itself. Half the time when I watch tv in the living area, I'm instead looking outside the windows at the view! Views from the upstairs bedroom are incredible.

Bliss also includes your own private parking spot right above the unit and--set among a lovely tropical garden frequently scented with jasmine--is a beautiful saline-filtered pool (gentle on your skin) shared with the guests from the other 9 units but often yours alone!

Not only is there a gas grill, tables, chairs, and chaise lounges on the pool deck but also a gazebo--offering great Caribbean views as well--where guests frequently gather at the end of the day to toast the sunset together and share their beach/snorkeling/hiking/sailing adventures of the day.

You also have your own little private tropical garden enclosed within Bliss's private deck area, where you'll find your beach chairs and coolers as well.

Bliss: offering you all the comforts of home along with the unique tropical experience of enjoying the Caribbean of the past--since St. John is 2/3 National Park, most of its pristine beaches and tropical forest covered hills have thankfully been preserved in their original state, unmarred and unscarred by the rampant development characterizing most other Caribbean islands today.

Welcome to my dream--my home in Paradise!

Keywords: Penthouse Unit #1 at Cruz Views, now rented direct by owner, this 2 bedroom St. John vacation rental in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) offers all contemporary comforts along with timeless 'old Caribbean' views, tropical gardens, pool, in a private, quiet, location but near to all the best that

St. John has to offer: Its world-reknown National Park Beaches are a 5-minute drive, you can walk down to town, Cruz Bay, but are up high enough to be away from the noise and busyness, relax, retreat, and enjoy magnificent Virgin Island sunset views, affordable luxury for a honeymoon, anniversary, family vacation; this stand-alone townhouse-type vacation rental is part of a small, quiet, intimate complex with just 10 units--St. John's best kept secret.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Cynthia Veldman (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks English

About Cynthia Veldman

There's only one thing better than being in that incredible water around St. John and that's being in it while holding your newest grandchild :-)

Cynthia Veldman purchased this condo in 2011

Why Cynthia Veldman chose St John

From the moment I first stepped on the old wooden dock in Cruz Bay, I felt like I was at peace and at home. That was more than 20 years ago and I still get that feeling every time I'm there. The natural beauty that characterizes St. John--largely unspoiled by any development on the 2/3 of the island that's National Park, the swimming and snorkeling right off the beach in that incredibly clear, warm, turquoise water--even in the midst of winter!, the smells, the sounds, the wildlife, the community feel of the island--I just love it!!

What makes this condo unique

It is SO nice to be anywhere I want to go--beach, restaurant, shopping, groceries, ferry, barge--in just a matter of minutes. At the same time I can stay comfortably ensconced in the comforts of the condo, cooking in while enjoying the cooling effects of the a/c, enjoying the views, quietly relaxing on the deck with my husband or friends or reading a book, or swimming my laps in the pool and enjoying the company and conversation with other guests under the gazebo while toasting the sunset together. Just an utterly lovely way to relax, retreat, or refresh myself. That's why I named the condo BLISS, which means 'peaceful joy, utter contentment, or blessedness.' It's what I feel when I'm there.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful vacation in your home! Thank you for sharing it with us. We had everything we needed here and we could never tire of the view from your deck! We hope to be back soon.
Feb 2014
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Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveller reviews)
SALE: 9/4-9/10; 6 nights only $1098 for 1-2p; add $20/person for 3-4p
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 38 reviews
Denver, Colorado
5

PERFECT!!

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I just spent two amazing weeks at Bliss for my 50th birthday! The location is perfect, 5 minute walk to the charming town of Cruz Bay. Yes there is a small section of a very steep hill but worth it because of the view! The onsite parking made it so simple. We did not have to think about a thing, the owner and her property management team were so helpful and very easily obtainable...Jill at Cimmeron made us any reservations we needed and was full of good suggestions! The villa is so well appointed and comfortable. Cynthia, the owner, did a wonderful job renovating! We hope to return sometime for sure!!!! Thanks to Cynthia for sharing her wonderful villa!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA
5

Blissful!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Bliss during our 6th trip to St. John. The condo had everything you could possibly need and more. Every morning we had our coffee on the balcony enjoying that awesome view. We could tell the owners really cared about making this an inviting and comfortable home. We used the pool once during our stay and had it to ourselves while watching the sunset. The management company was easy to contact and took care of things on island. The owner, Cynthia was a joy to rent from.

I can easily say that I think anyone that rents Bliss will be happy with their choice.

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston, MA
5

Pure BLISS!

  • 5 of 5

As a former St. Thomas resident returning to the islands for vacation, I knew that St. John would be the perfect relaxing retreat. Since my boyfriend, his parents & I had been to St. John many times for day trips, we knew that we wanted to rent a condo so that we could have freedom to cook dinner several times and navigate around the island on our own. With many beautiful rentals available on VRBO it was tough to decide where to stay, but Bliss caught my eye immediately. Cynthia was incredibly helpful, answering multiple emails and phone calls in regards to questions I had about the property and rental process. I enjoyed every time I spoke with her!

Prior to our arrival we were contacted by Jill from Cimmaron Properties. She gave us all the info we needed prior to our arrival and greeted us with a smile in Cruz Bay (her first week of work AND we arrived early... She stayed calm & poised and was a tremendous help). Jill got us all set with our jeep rental (speeding up the process) and showed us around the entire property. She offered complimentary concierge services as well as left a cell phone and office number for us to reach her or a member of Cimmaron at any time.

The property is simply stunning - beautiful views of Cruz Bay and St. Thomas made for beautiful patio dining. The central A/C was a treat after a hot day on the beach! There was a private grill that we took advantage of several times and the kitchen was fully stocked with plenty of cookware and utensils for us; it felt just like home. The communal pool was beautiful, clean and we had it all to ourselves most of the time! The finishing touches on the condo from fresh flowers to quiet-close drawers and Kcups for morning coffee truly added so much ease and enjoyment to our stay. We were a quick 90 second drive to Cruz Bay which was helpful for groceries, etc.

There were 2 times we had questions about the television and the checkout process and members of the Cimmaron team were extremely prompt and helpful!

This property was perfect for our vacation back to our favorite island. I would highly recommend this to anyone thinking of a stay on St. John! Thank you Cynthia for sharing your home; we hope to stay again soon!

  • Review Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Could not have been happier!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently stayed at the Bliss condo. What an absolute delight in luxury this place is. We have been visiting Cruz Bay for the past 20+ years and love the area. But this years stay at Bliss was a whole new experience. We met Cynthia two years ago while driving by Cruz Bay villas. On a whim, we stopped and spoke to her and she was nice enough to allow us to come in for a quick tour. We knew then that our next visit would have to be at Bliss. All the amenities were perfect, we were able to enjoy the sunset from the deck each evening and watch Cruz Bay come alive in the mornings as we sat and had our coffee outside. The kitchen is well-equipped , the bathroom was a luxury and all of the linens and other amenities are top-quality. Thank you Cynthia for sharing your beautiful home with us and we hope to make it less a yearly tradition.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jamie for taking the time to post a review of Bliss; it really helps future travelers. I'm so glad that you'll be able to return to Bliss next spring--I hope it'll feel just like 'coming home' for you. I think you'll really like the new shower door!
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5

A Perfect Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just got back from a week at Bliss and can't wait to return! About a year ago, I started looking for a place to spend a "big and scary" birthday; I wanted an escape to paradise to take the sting out of that, but didn't quite know where to go. We found Bliss on VRBO just by chance and after I contacted Cynthia to ask "a million" questions, we were sure we had found the perfect place. And we were right! This was our first time visiting St. John and it was an amazing experience from beginning to end. We were really impressed with Cimmaron: the day before we left for our trip, they called to check in and see if we had any questions. And when we got to the dock at Cruz Bay, they were waiting for us, helping us find our jeep rental agency and took us to the house. The representative spent a good amount of time showing us everything, and they were there for us every time we had a question or needed advice. Bliss was perfect for us, quiet, neat and clean, and it had everything we needed. I personally hate air conditioning and loved that there were fans as another option. We slept upstairs and going to sleep and waking up to that view was just amazing. The townhouse feels very private, more like a free standing house, and we heard a lot more from the tree frogs than our neighbors! We loved having breakfast and evening drinks on the patio, looking at the view, the boats, the geckos on the patio and all those butterflies! It was great being so close to town as well, and even though we were there during high season, we never had a problem finding parking. Even New Years eve, we found a spot across the street from the restaurant where we had reservations (Morgan's Mango - great place with amazing food!). Coming from Boston, that was quite a thrill! :-) We did walk to town a couple of times, but the walk back up the hill was a bit much in the heat (with heavy camera equipment in my case). And we needed the jeep anyway to go to all those breathtaking beaches. We actually never made it down to the pool, we spent most of our days driving around or on the beach and by the time we got back, it was almost dark and we needed to get ready to go out to dinner. It was an amazing vacation, exactly what I had hoped for, and we are already trying to figure out when we can go back. Thank you Cynthia for your patience and thoughtful replies to all my pre-trip questions (it was a huge help when planning the trip), and for sharing your wonderful home with us!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful honeymoon spot

  • 5 of 5

This review is long overdue, but worth providing. My husband and I spent our honeymoon at Bliss and it lived up to its name. We had a peaceful, blissful week enjoying the National Park beaches -- Hawksnest was our favorite and, really we ended up there most days because it was perfection for us. The townhouse was fully supplied with most everything we could have needed: kitchen was well-equipped, the bath and beach towels were high quality, and the private terrace was wonderful. The line on the terrace to dry our things from the beach was perfect at the end of the day. We spent the mornings at the beach and most afternoons in the pool, usually by ourselves (aside from the geckos and cat). Both Cynthia and Cimmaron did an excellent job of making sure we were happy and enjoying our stay.

We rented a Jeep at Cynthia's recommendation and it was necessary. Distance-wise, we weren't far from town, but the hill is no joke. Even the small trek from the main parking area/pool up to the unit was a challenge at the end of the day (my husband has a bad knee and he managed, but it was tough). It would have been helpful to have an actual map (not cartoon) with clearly marked parking areas. My phone worked at the condo, but we were in and out of international roaming zones, so we did not use our GPS. It was often difficult to find our way around using the cartoon maps and we did not explore as much as we could have. Our rental car had the option for parking in town, but it was hit or miss for a space (and technically very challenging, even for an expert parallel parker).

On the whole, we had no complaints and thought the experience at the condo was excellent. We had some difficulties with the taxi drivers on St. Thomas and our last day on St. John ended abruptly due to a hurricane (we got an extended stay at the STT airport); however, we look forward to heading back someday. When will definitely consider staying at Bliss again and will absolutely recommend it to others looking for a relaxing getaway in paradise.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I really appreciate your taking the time to post your review (as well as do many future travelers I'm sure!) So glad you enjoyed Bliss and all it (and STJ) has to offer. Hawksnest is one of my all-time favorites as well--SO many good memories there. Sorry for your extended stay at the STT airport (ugh.) When you refer to "cartoon maps" I'm assuming you mean the STJ Guide ones that the rental car agencies give you and perhaps in the magazine rack at Bliss. I do have a map on the wall at Bliss as well as maps in the big white notebook on the coffeetable as well as in several guidebooks in the villa (such as Feet, Fins & Wheels) etc. Were you able to find those? (For future guests, if you can't find them in the magazine rack, on the top or bottom shelf of the large coffee table, please look in the cabinet to the left of the kitchen cabinets that holds all the books and games.) I'm going down to Bliss for 5 days in August and will leave a detailed road map in the notebook for future reference. Thank you again for taking the time to leave your review; I look forward to welcoming you back to Bliss.
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Location

Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Cruz Bay
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Salomon, Honeymoon, Caneel, Hawksnest (5 minutes)
Nearest Point of Interest
Passenger Ferry Dock
Nearest Point of Interest
Dolphin Market Grocery Store
Nearest Point of Interest
La Tapa Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Caneel Bay
Nearest Point of Interest
Honeymoon Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Salomon Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Scott Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Turtle Bay Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Little Hawksnest Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Hawksnest Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Gibney/Oppenheimer Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Trunk Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Jumby Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Denis Bay
Nearest Point of Interest
Cinnamon Bay & Beaches
Nearest Point of Interest
Maho Bay & Beaches
Nearest Point of Interest
Francis Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Mongoose Junction
Nearest Point of Interest
Morgan's Mango
Nearest Point of Interest
Ocean Grill restaurant
Car: recommended

explore the whole island with a 4WD vehicle, find hidden coves, cays, and beaches by renting a dinghy and exploring, see the sugar plantation ruins, be an archeologist for a day by volunteering at the ongoing research at Cinnamon Bay, see the botanical garden walk, see the petroglyphs on the Reef Bay trail, snorkel right off the beach, snuba, dive reefs and the sunken ship Rhone, take classes at the National Park

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday condo in Bethany, St John

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Low Season 2016
31 Jul 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
£899
for 5 nights
£1,241
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
 
Holidays
17 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,431
for 7 nights
£2,431
 
 
High Season 2017
8 Jan 2017 - 23 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,090
for 7 nights
£2,090
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid Season 2017
24 Apr 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,540
for 7 nights
£1,540
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £26 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season 2017
1 Aug 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
£985
for 5 nights
£1,361
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £45
Tax Rate 12.5%

Bliss is NOT appropriate for children under age 7.

Surcharge for Stays Less than 1 week | $150 per stay.

Nonrefundable $50 damage protection insurance fee for up to $500.00 in accidental, unintentional damage which may occur at Bliss during Guest’s stay. The fee covers Bliss property (not Guest property). To benefit from the insurance coverage, Guest must report any damage to Management Company before departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday condo in Bethany, Virgin Islands (US)

Property Type:
  • condo
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View ...
  • town
  • village
  • Water View
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1) Upstairs bedroom can be made up as a king or 2 twins; great panoramic sea views from the comfort of your bed; all new mattresses, TV with DVD and VCR, ample closet space with your own personal safe, dressing mirror & table, Queen size Beds (1) Main floor bedroom has a new queen mattress, garden views and new wall-mounted cable TV, ampke closet space, your own personal safe, Twin or Single Beds (1) Upstairs bedroom can be made up into 2 twin beds with ample lighting, see other details under king bed above
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Gazebo
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Decking
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
I-Pod player dock, combination microwave/convection oven, central a/c, fans, walk-in shower, free private parking, garden, great views of Pillsbury Sound, Cruz Bay harbor, the Caribbean Sea with a variety of other islands and cays you can see including St. Thomas, Culebra, Great & Little St. James, Thatch, Grass, Lovongo, Henley, great sunsets, gentle breezes

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